Vocal Points 15/7/2019

I’ve got to be honest and say that photography took a back seat for me this weekend with so much televised sport going on.

It was great to see our very own land girls enjoying the 1940’s weekend – great outfits and obviously having a fabulous time.

The summer programme is going well and after the rocky start, the weather is now being kind to us.I’m sure that all who attended the BBQ at Jenny Webster’s on Tuesday will agree it was a superb night. This week we travel to Stourport – somewhere I am not familiar with so personally, I am really looking forward to it. Look out for information from Mike regarding our rendezvous point.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the good weather whilst you can. See you all soon.


Vocal Points 9/7/2019

Hi all

Life’s little dramas often hinge on the toss of a coin. This morning we debated whether to go to the 1940’s reenactment at Severn Valley Railway, or head in into Birmingham for some people shots (and the guilty pleasure of going to the Black Sabbath history event at the Gas Hall). Well, Brum won and all went well until we got a flat tyre leaving the car park. No spare – just the manufacturer’s repair spray kit – useless. 90 minutes later back to Bournheath on the back of a rescue truck. Next time we will go to SVR

A good night was had by all in Kidderminster on Tuesday. Pleasant enough by the canal and we even had the pleasure of an American couple coming through the lock in a narrowboat. Then someone suggested going to Springfield Park – another toss of the coin decision. Whilst we had been at the canal the main dual carriageway through Kidderminster had been closed for re-surfacing. Major dramas ensued trying to get to the park as we were on the wrong side of the river.
Heigh-ho – life hinges on minor decisions.

Well, this week should be the highlight of the summer season. Our summer BBQ at Jenny Webster’s property. Jenny has very generously offered to host the event and supply most of the food. In addition, we have the use of her hides and garden on the night for photography. Plus, if that’s not enough Sean Bullock has offered to bake a couple of his cakes for the night. This should be a great night and deserves the support of our membership, so let’s hope for a good turnout on the night. The hides are available from 6 PM, the food is likely to be ready from about 7 onwards.

Well, that’s it for tonight. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes


Vocal Points 30/6/2019

Hi all

What a good night we had at Avoncroft on Tuesday and a good turnout. At times the weather was so overcast that we had to increase the ISO significantly, but overall we had enough kind light to produce some good results. Our male model Mark was relatively inexperienced but is likely to go far in the future. Our female model Shaleema was absolutely stunning and a joy to work with. I for one would be very happy to see her at one of our studio nights.

This week we are visiting Kidderminster canal – please see Mike’s email for further details. The weather forecast looks good, so let’s hope for a good turnout. Photos, a chat and maybe some liquid refreshment afterwards- what more could you ask for? AND FREE
Looking forward to the following week 9 July, we have our summer BBQ at Jenny Webster’s gardens. Jenny has kindly offered to supply most of the food. There will be some soft drinks and wine provided, but please feel free to bring along any of your favourites. We will also have the use of Jenny’s hides on the evening, so it is also a time to bring along your camera. One small suggestion – whilst we will provide some “glasses” it may be a good idea to bring along your own receptacles for drinks to minimise any waste on the night.

I see that a few people have been to the 1940’s event at Severn Valley Railway this weekend. This will also be repeated next weekend and is an ideal occasion to get some “period” shots.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I hope to see as many of you as possible on Tuesday. Happy snapping.


Vocal Points 17/6/2019

Hi all

A little bit late this week. The weekend was hectic (nothing photographic) – work, Father’s Day and a 5 mile cross country run – my other hobby.

What a shame that Chaddesley Woods was such a wash-out. Let’s hope for good weather at Upton Warren tomorrow night. It’s an excellent opportunity for sports photography as the dinghies should be out sailing. Also for our Nature Photographers, there should be plenty of opportunities to photograph birds with young, insects and other nature subjects. Off course there will much general pictorial interest also.

Now is the time of year to get out and take what chances we get to grab some shots. As Mike has told you we have the coach trip coming up on Sunday 21 July. An excellent opportunity to visit the pictorial Cotswolds and the historic city of Oxford. Let’s hope for a big turnout.

Back to the subject of running. Outdoor photography is an excellent way of staying fit. We all tend to carry a variable amount of heavy gear and it is amazing how much distance you will cover without realising it. What could be better – doing our favourite hobby and staying fit at the same time.

Anyway, that’s all for know. Hope to see you all at Upton Warren tomorrow.

Best wishes


Vocal Point 8/6/2019

Hi all

I hope the summer season got off to a good start in Droitwich on Tuesday. Sorry I couldn’t be there, but I plan to be at Chaddesley Woods this coming Tuesday.

We are still in Scotland, the weather is typically Scottish – 4 seasons in one day and getting good photographic light is a challenge.

Personally I’ve taken on board the judges’ critique of my submissions over the year so I have focused on several things. The main thing has been getting my images sharp – always a good starting point before editing on the computer – and the answer isn’t that complicated. Get to know your camera and the little tweaks that can be made to get the best quality in your images! It seems to be working – now if only I can get the right judges!

The other thing that helps is getting your peers to offer constructive criticism. Not everyone – especially the newer members – will know about the Critique Group that runs within the club. In a nutshell we submit images online for other members in the group to offer constructive criticism of our work. It’s open to all standards and there is plenty to learn from the critique that will read on other members work. No pressure – one image every few weeks is all that’s required. To join please contact Richard Chapman.

I’m also delighted to announce that Richard has volunteered to take on the role of Vice Chairperson of BPS. Richard is a hard working and valued member of our club and I greatly value his support.

Most of you (but not all) are aware of our Facebook Group page – recently renamed as Out and About. This is a chance for BPS members to post images, share photographic tips and opinions and also share events and outings. If you have a good idea where to go for some great images, why not share it with other members. It’s a great way to meet people especially the newer members. I will stress that this is for social purposes only – most events will be private outings as opposed to club outings therefore individuals will be responsible for their own safety and actions if anything is arranged. (Sorry to go so serious for a minute ) Why not join the group and have fun at the same time.

Anyway I seem to have gone on a lot – must have too much time on my hands in Scotland. Happy snapping and see you all soon.